November 2, 2012
Uptime and utilization are everything, so you don't want a truck sitting on the shop floor during basic battery maintenance. Most fleets pull the batteries at the first sign of trouble and replace them with fresh batteries to get the truck moving again, planning to deal with the bad batteries later.
But what killed the batteries in the first place
October 22, 2012
There's much work ahead if the idea of automating pre-trip inspections of trailers is to become reality. That was the feeling during a session on the subject at the fall meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council of ATA
September 17, 2012
There's nothing like a smack up side the head with a two-by-four to get your attention. That's what the Federal Motor Carrier Administration is doing to maintenance with its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program
August 1, 2012
Plugging motorized pallet jacks into warehouse power supplies is so old. There's a new solution to the battery charging chore. Leave it in the trailer and charge it right there
May 2, 2012
Weekly tire pressure checks might seem unrealistically ambitious, but given what's at stake in terms of tread wear and tire life, it's a worthwhile goal. Regular tire inspections should, obviously, include pressure checks
There's more to a proper tire inspection than kicking it with a cold boot
October 19, 2011
Tires are expensive and prices keep rising, so they're worth protecting by keeping them properly inflated. That's not easy with a large fleet's trailers, which can be scattered around the country and don't often pass through its inspection and maintenance stations
September 26, 2011
Federal and state inspectors are not finding a lot of "roadability" problems with container chassis, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's chief safety officer, Jack Van Steenburg.
August 8, 2011
If something on a reefer unit is going to fail, it's likely to happen when components are working hard to overcome summer heat
January 5, 2011
Imagine that you banged up your car and you've sent it to the factory for fixing. You can't do that, but if you own a dump or flatbed trailer, you can
September 9, 2010
With more freight moving as the economy revives, fleets are pulling dormant trailers away from fences and putting them into service. But those trailers probably sat through at least one harsh winter and summer, and maintenance on them may have been neglected.
July 7, 2010
Air suspensions are in wide use on trailers and getting more popular. To some fleets, air-ride equipment is new, and maintenance people might not be aware of proper inspection and repair procedures
November 1, 2008
Attention to detail in spec'ing and maintaining trailers pays off in longer life and lower maintenance costs.
July 1, 2008
Vehicle duty cycles, type of operation, drivers, inspection practices and weather all play a part in establishing good brake maintenance procedures.
March 1, 2008
Congress asked for the report in preparation for the 2009 reauthorization of the law that controls how we govern and pay for the system.
July 1, 2007
Today's truck technology and computing power can predict failures before they happen.
April 1, 2007
Your drivers and your mechanics need not be adversaries, even though they speak different languages.
February 1, 2007
Programs to help fleets manage their maintenance on the road are available from truck OEMs.
May 1, 2006
A number of factors are prompting fleet managers to take a closer look at trailer maintenance.
April 1, 2006
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